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Mountain Lodge at Phinda

Ideal for families, Phinda Mountain Lodge is set on a hilltop with wraparound views of the 28,555-hectare Phinda Private Game Reserve. Home to seven eco-systems, the African Big 5, a fascinating variety of wildlife and 436 bird species, a safari of a lifetime awaits. Known for close-up sightings of cheetah and rhino, estuaries and lakes where hippo and crocodile reside and a remarkable WILDChild kids safari program, Phinda Mountain Lodge provides a magnificent wildlife experience for the entire family. Nearby beaches are the breeding ground for Leatherback Turtles and offer guests the opportunity to embark on an ocean safari, snorkelling or scuba diving adventure. With limited vehicle access preventing overcrowding and careful off-roading practices, guests are guaranteed remarkable close-up wildlife encounters. Phinda Mountain Lodge offers guests a variety of other activities including cultural tours, conservation projects, an infrared Night Eye Experience, and turtle hatching expedition in season.


Phinda Mountain Lodge caters to a maximum of 50 guests with communal areas including a massage sala, state-of-the-art gym, interactive kitchen with pizza oven, bar and enchanting boma which is lit with shimmering lanterns for cozy dinners under the African skies. Each suite features expansive glass windows and private decks allowing for breath-taking views of wild landscapes surrounding the lodge. To top it all off, enjoy the luxury of your private plunge pool, perfect for cooling down after game drives, without foregoing any glorious bushveld views for even a moment.


  • Game drives
  • Walking and Tracking Safaris
  • Sleepout under the stars
  • Infrared Night Eye drive
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  • Zulu village tours
  • Africa Foundation community visits
  • Night turtle drives (seasonal)
  • Scuba safaris
  • Ocean safaris
  • Specialist Safaris
  • Swimming pool
  • WILD Child Activities
  • SPA treatments & gym


  • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
  • Beach & Bush safari activities
  • Close-up wildlife encounters
  • Exclusive family accommodation

Closest airport

  • King Shaka International Airport (Durban)
  • Richards Bay Airport
  • Phinda Airstrip

Children policy

Children of all ages welcome. Children under 16 years are not permitted on More Detailswalking safaris and children under 6 years are not allowed on game drives. Children between 6 and 11 years are allowed on game drives at the discretion of the lodge manager. If paying for a Private Vehicle, children of any age may go on game drive, with access to sightings being at the discretion of the guide, based on the behaviour of both child and animals.

  • 0 - 5 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults stay complimentary
  • 6 - 16 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults, 50% of full adult rate
  • 6 – 16 years in own room - 1st child: adult rate 2nd & 3rd child: 50% of adult rate
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2 x Game drives per day, guided bushwalks, all meals, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages, and transfers from the lodge airstrip.


Premium brand drinks, cellar wines, reserve conservations & gate fee, additional activities, spa treatments, private-use vehicles, and transfers.

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable only from the third single room per booking  11 Jan – 30 Apr and 1 Nov – 20 Dec:
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  • Single supplement of 50% applicable 1 May – 31 Oct and 21 Dec – 10 Jan ’21
  • A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant.
  • Rates are valid from 11 Jan 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

Accommodation Options


Sleeps 2 Adults

Luxurious thatch suites at Phinda Mountain Lodge are a blend of organic materials and contemporary finishes. Each unit boasts a private timber deck and plunge pool with remarkable views over the bushveld. Surrounded by indigenous woodland, Read moresuites feature large glass doors and windows and are stylishly fitted with indoor and outdoor showers as well as a bathtub. Further comforts include a well-stocked mini-bar, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and Wi-Fi. Less

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Price R8 980 per person, per night

Family Suite

Sleeps 8 guests

The family suite hosts a maximum of 8 guests and includes game drives with a ranger in a private safari vehicle. The lodge caters to an extraordinary range of activities for kids, making it a super choice for families. Read moreThe family suite is a beautiful thatch unit decorated in warm organic tones. Air-conditioning, indoor and outdoor showers, a bathtub, mini-bar, and stylish lounge area make for a gloriously spacious stay with beautiful views from the private deck. Less

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Price R35 920 per suite, per night


Sleeps 2 Adults

An opulent combination of rustic materials and modern design make for a luxurious stay in the Mountain Lodge cottages. Private timber decks with plunge pools and lazy chairs make for relaxing afternoons overlooking bush views from your secluded haven. Read moreEach unit features indoor and alfresco showers, a bathtub, mini-bar, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and a ceiling fan. Less

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Price R8 265 per person, per night

Family Cottage

Sleeps 2 Adults, 3 children

With plenty of space to relax, the thatch family cottages host a maximum of 2 adults and 3 children and includes game drives with a ranger in a private safari vehicle. Surrounded by indigenous vegetation, suites feature large glass doors and windows Read moreand are elegantly fitted with a bathtub, indoor-, and outdoor showers. Further comforts include a well-stocked mini-bar, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, and Wi-Fi. Less

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Price R30 115 per cottage, per night

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 3.5-hour drive from Durban, 2-hour drive from Richards Bay, or a 7-hour drive from Johannesburg with all routes along the N2 highway. The entrance to the reserve is 22km from the highway.



Fly from all major centres in South Africa to Durban’s international airport. Flights on selected airlines are available to Richards Bay. Private charters from any location in South Africa can be arranged to the Phinda airstrip.


Flight Duration

  • Cape Town to Durban: 2 hours
  • Johannesburg to Durban: 70 minutes